One of the best moments from the Sunday shows was the slam at Republicans for playing politics with terrorism and national security:
Deputy national security adviser John Brennan complained Sunday that politicians, many of them Republicans, were unfairly criticizing the administration for partisan purposes and second-guessing the case with a “500-mile screwdriver” that reaches from Washington to the scene of the abortive attack in Detroit.
“Quite frankly, I’m tiring of politicians using national security issues such as terrorism as a political football,” Brennan said. “They are going out there. They’re unknowing of the facts. And they’re making charges and allegations that are not anchored in reality.”
Unfortunately, that’s what Republicans do. Remember Dick Cheney outed an undercover CIA spy for political reasons. And, never forget, the war in Iraq was based on Weapons of Mass Destruction, a charge that was not anchored in reality.
Brennan personally briefed top Republicans about the arrest of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, telling them he was in FBI custody, on Christmas day. (In America, being in FBI custody means law enforcement is involved.) Senators Mitch McConnell and Kit Bond, along with House GOP leader John Boehner and Rep. Pete Hoekstra, were notified personally by Brennan. There weren’t any complaints then. Nope. Instead, Hoekstra turned around and did a political fundraising mailing on the bombing within days.
Everything is a “political football” these days for the GOP.